Thursday, December 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo 22: DONE and monthaversary

Prompt: What did you learn from doing NaBloPoMo?

Relatively little. At least if we're just talking about what I learned from writing these blog posts.

In the past month, however, I've learned quite a bit.

I've learned how to say right, left, straight, here, and thank you in Korean. I've learned how to use chopsticks better, and how to order shabu shabu at a Korean restaurant (and to cook it at the table). I've learned how to get home and downtown and how to stand in line at the movies. I've learned where to find food and where to shop for shoes. I've learned how to play a new song on the guitar, and I've learned how to do a load of laundry when the washing machine is all in Korean. I've learned which days foreigners drink and where.

I've learned how to plan for classes and what to do if there's extra time. I've learned how my students respond to shouting, laughter, and fake tears in class. I've learned which students are the most belligerent, which have the most skills with sarcasm, and which ones like Harry Potter enough to tolerate my constant references.

Mostly I've learned that I know nothing here in this strange yet familiar place. But I have learned a lot about being alone, despite the fact that I am almost never by myself. I love the new people, but dear god it's hard to live day after day without being able to turn to one of my best mates and tell an inside joke.


  1. Insightful post my dear :) Keep 'em coming!

  2. Best mate? What, are you British now? :-)

    We miss you too, Kira!

  3. I'm sure it is hard not having the 'mates' there. But, in time you will no doubt make a few 'best mates' there that will end up being missed. Remember the first term at University? Give it time. And still, I see your friends here online so supportive of you. How wonderful is that? It isn't the same given the physical proximity, but it is not forever. And they are always there, it seems. You have some pretty good 'mates'!